What’s Working in Washington

  • How to get ahead with your boss — without brown-nosing

    “‘Managing up’ is a huge skill that everybody needs, regardless of where you are in your career… it’s not brown-nosing, it’s not sucking up,” says author Mary Abbajay.

  • Unconventional offices see new work trends emerge

    Cove opened its sixth coworking space in Dupont Circle this month. The new 5,000 square foot office is just the latest in the D.C.-based company’s innovative work spaces.

  • EXTRA: How cybersecurity drives DC’s economy

    Topics: how investment trends shape cybersecurity, the transition from public to private sector, how cyber talent flourishes in the D.C. area, changes in the industry under the new administration, and the dangers of poorly-secured internet of things devices.

  • Business journalist sees trends in the public sector

    Rob Terry, senior writer with the Washington Business Journal, identifies some surprising trends in local business news.

  • What entrepreneurs find in DC

    More proof that entrepreneurs come to Washington to start something, and to have a real impact.

  • Rules for boosting productivity in any workspace

    In the private sector, it’s universally accepted that professional development is one of the responsibilities of an employer. The public sector, however, is only just catching on.

    Professional leadership coach and founder of EKAnomics, Ebong Eka works with the public sector because “it’s one of the largest employers — not only in this area, but I’d venture to say in most of the country.”

  • Do not retire without a plan: expert

    The key is to have a plan in place, and ask ourselves some simple but important questions. “What is my day going to look like? What sorts of charitable organizations am I going to get involved in? Do I want to, perhaps, contract and work a little bit?,” said McCabe Triana. Those who have specific plans tend to manage their money better through retirement.

    “The people who don’t have that clear, very specific plan are the ones that I find have the most issues,” she said. “Their problem is not not making enough money, their problem is not knowing how to manage large sums of money.”

  • DC’s entrepreneurship community hidden by modesty

    The Greater Washington region, said Warren Getler, is more focused on efficient innovation and smaller, more realistic improvements, rather than pie-in-the-sky idealism.

  • Telecom expert predicts voice communication boom

    While telecom as an industry peaked in the late 90s, new software is ensuring that voice communication is still necessary, according to an industry expert.

    “There’s a new look to voice. Voice will be big, and it’ll be bigger,” said Jim Kenefick, CEO of Better World Telecom.

    “Applications, and all these software programs have voice embedded in them,” said Kenefick. Apps such as FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Skype and Discord have effectively replaced traditional phone conversation.

  • “Job schools” could create better workers

    Finding qualified employees is still a challenge for employers in the region.

    “The critical issue right now is the big gap we have between a high school diploma and a university diploma,” said Oliver Schlake, clinical professor at the Smith School of Business in Maryland.

  • Building trust in a new media DC media entity

    Trust is a key point for Axios, DC’s newest media entity. Building that trust over a digital medium is tricky. “I think the advantage of this day and age is that you get an opportunity to. It’s easier than ever to launch a media company, because technology has enabled it,” said co-founder Roy Schwartz.

    “They’ll give you a chance. And then you have to prove that you’re truly worthy of their time and attention.”

  • Truth, a fragile thing in DC communications: EXTRA

    For this week’s What’s Working in Washington EXTRA episode, Ray Locker, enterprise editor for USA Today; Richard Latendresse, member of the White House Foreign Press Group; and Richard Levick, founder of Levick and business expert discuss “fake news” and the work being done to keep the truth at the top of the communication cycle.

  • One click away from communicating with lawmakers

    New startup Phone2Action focuses on advocacy and the importance of amplifying individual voices. The technology matches people with their elected officials at every level, said co-founder Ximena Hartsock.

  • Selling Virginia’s wine around the world

    After growing and selling a successful tech company, Chris Parker founded New Horizon Wines by turning his passion into an international business.

    “I’ve always had a keen interest in wine. Not just drinking it, but the whole art and science of it. In my twenties, I set up a company in the U.K. to introduce wines from lesser-known regions,” said Parker. His love of wine opened up a world of flavors from different regions.